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by Rath Darkblade
Tue, 28 Jan 2020 4:42 pm
Forum: Resources
Topic: What to do when it's not happening
Replies: 18
Views: 2221

Re: What to do when it's not happening

Hmm. Nothing much ever happened to me in the world of music, I'm sad to say. It's been fairly routine and hard work. Sure, I've had (or seen) one or two on-stage disasters, but nothing that couldn't be recovered from. I also met at least one person that I could set as antagonist, but he/she was simp...
by Rath Darkblade
Mon, 27 Jan 2020 11:35 am
Forum: Resources
Topic: What to do when it's not happening
Replies: 18
Views: 2221

Re: What to do when it's not happening

Sigh. I don't feel disconnected from any story, I just don't have any ideas at all (that don't crash down in flames). :( I don't mean ideas as in the 'mystical', layman terms - "All you need is an idea!" because ideas are a dime a dozen (or, in these inflationary times, perhaps a dollar a ...
by Rath Darkblade
Mon, 20 Jan 2020 9:41 pm
Forum: Resources
Topic: 100 Best Writing Websites 2020
Replies: 3
Views: 672

Re: 100 Best Writing Websites 2020

Thank you, Paul! :) Right off the bat, SFF Chronicles looks interesting to me - bookmarked. (Rkcapps, you might find it interesting too, yes?) ;)
by Rath Darkblade
Sun, 19 Jan 2020 9:15 am
Forum: New to AWF?
Topic: Discussion on Prologue or no Prologue?
Replies: 3
Views: 1302

Re: Discussion on Prologue or no Prologue?

Ah! Well, now it makes sense why prologues shouldn't be written. ;) When I wrote a (long, loooooong) story about 2-3 years ago, I thought it'd be nice to write a prologue as a "world-and-character-introducer" - i.e. it introduced the four main characters and the world they lived in. Then I...
by Rath Darkblade
Mon, 30 Dec 2019 8:15 pm
Forum: Resources
Topic: How Long did it take?
Replies: 4
Views: 1137

Re: How Long did it take?

Cage, what do you mean by "going all 'talking sword' about it"? I don't understand. Do you mean telling the reader, rather than showing him/her? :) For instance: Wenceslas, that black-hearted villain, was behind the door. I knew it. I knew it because my sword told me so. Instead, this: Som...
by Rath Darkblade
Sun, 29 Dec 2019 9:04 am
Forum: Resources
Topic: How Long did it take?
Replies: 4
Views: 1137

Re: How Long did it take?

Well ............ in Tolkien's defence, LOTR is a masterpiece of research, revision, and persistence. People forget now that Tolkien was a Professor of Anglo-Saxon language, literature, and history, so he didn't exactly have a lot of free time, what with setting curricula for students and so on. :) ...
by Rath Darkblade
Sun, 15 Dec 2019 10:36 am
Forum: Resources
Topic: Show? Tell? Says Who? Keep your distance!
Replies: 1
Views: 430

Re: Show? Tell? Says Who? Keep your distance!

Of course, primary-schoolers would bring these to show and tell. ;)

Good find. I went through these last night. :)
by Rath Darkblade
Thu, 12 Dec 2019 10:58 am
Forum: Resources
Topic: Writing a fight scene?
Replies: 1
Views: 398

Re: Writing a fight scene?

¡Dios mio, that example is horrible. I couldn't read to the end of the first paragraph, let alone the whole thing. :) That's not a fight scene, but a muddled mess. Randy has more patience than I do; I wouldn't try to fix it. I'd delete it and forget it. But I agree with everything there, it makes a ...
by Rath Darkblade
Thu, 12 Dec 2019 10:15 am
Forum: Resources
Topic: Playing the Game
Replies: 1
Views: 402

Re: Playing the Game

I'm puzzled at how writing can be reduced to the level of a game (as if it were Monopoly or checkers). ;) But there's lots of good advice here. The bit I agree with the most is this: ...no matter what your craft ... there will always be those who don't like what you do ... [but] throwing a strop aga...
by Rath Darkblade
Sat, 07 Dec 2019 5:30 pm
Forum: Resources
Topic: Ever considered doing a short story collection?
Replies: 6
Views: 1685

Re: Ever considered doing a short story collection?

Hmm ... not so much. I just checked: one story is just over 2,000 words. The others are ~1,500 and ~700, respectively.

I was once challenged to write a scene in 200 words, and once in just 100 words. I met the word count, but I'm not sure about how well they turned out. ;)

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